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  •  Ehhhh. (3+ / 0-)
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    aaraujo, Judge Moonbox, TomP

    I don't know about that - even in our present state, we have more support for a socialized economy than was present in those days, for starters; we're much more accepting of race (though hardly perfect), sexual identity, and sexual orientation...

    Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

    by ConfusedSkyes on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:26:41 PM PST

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    •  Looking back (2+ / 0-)
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      US politics is quite messy. You're right that there are issues that we deal with today that are liberal in comparison. But today's Dem isn't very far to the left. Also, what we see as the GOP seems to be a reinvention of the Whig party, while the Dems in name have been all over the political map.

      •  What needs to be understood (1+ / 0-)
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        is that US political parties aren't parties in the classic sense. They are politically ambiguous constructs born of the fact that the US system was consciously designed to exclude parties. The framers were of the belief that you could exclude the "spirit of party" from politics. This was a prime motivation for the framers abandonment of the Parliamentary model.

        Of course, since parties are a natural outgrowth of representative government, this effort was a spectacular failure. However, the Federated character and tripartite structure of the Government dictated that US political parties would have to take the form of grand coalitions sharing immediate goals, rather than being particular expressions of coherent political theories and philosophies. Consequently, they are inherently unstable, shifting constantly with the politicathel and social tides. Both subject to the influence of those who have concentrated wealth and power into their own hands.

        In some ways, the historic role reversal between the Democratic and Republican parties provides and excellent illustration of the theory of dialectical development.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:04:12 PM PST

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